Jakarta, CNN Indonesia —
Fokker F-VII is trusted aircraft The first commercial aircraft landed in Indonesia on November 24, 1924. This small plane set a record for the longest flight distance at that time, which was 15,800 kilometers, traveling the Amsterdam-Jakarta route.
The Dutch manufacturer of Fokker, Nederlandse Vliegtuigenfabriek, built a tri-motor aircraft in 1920 called the Fokker F-VVI. This aircraft has been successfully operated in many countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and the United States.
The plane can carry eight to twelve passengers plus two crew members. Construction on the aircraft consists of steel tubing, fabric covers, and wood-covered wings.
The aircraft has a wingspan of 21.7 meters. The Fokker F-VII has a body length of 14.6 meters and a height of 3.9 meters from the surface.
If in a condition without passengers, the plane weighs 3,050 kilograms, and a gross weight of 5,200 kilograms.
Initial specifications for the Fokker F.VII were single-engine aircraft powered by either a 260 hp Rolls Royce Eagle IX engine, a 450 hp Napier Lion or a Bristol Jupiter engine.
In 1925, the Fokker F.VII was powered by a 400 hp Packard Liberty engine and was demonstrated for the first time in the United States.
While promoting his plane to the United States, Anthony Fokker, the company’s founder, participated in the Ford Reliability Tour and produced a version with three 200 hp Wright J-4 Whirlwind engines.
It was the first tri-motor Fokker flight on 4 September 1925.
Quoted from SCMP, the first airline to fly to Indonesia was KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. The airline was founded in October 1919 which is believed to be the oldest in the world.
After its establishment, KLM had the ambition to fly aircraft with the furthest commercial route in the world. The first flight test was carried out from Amsterdam on October 1, 1924 to Indonesia using a Fokker F-VII with three people on board.
After two days of traveling the engine failed and was forced to land in Bulgaria, then the trip was postponed until November 2. Then on November 25 the plane arrived in Batavia (now Jakarta).
The trip took 55 days with a flight time of about 127 hours from Amsterdam to Jakarta. The Fokker F-VII was then dismantled and brought back to the Netherlands by ship.